Buddhism & Australia
The idea of "Buddhism & Australia" conferences is to unite the work of Australian and international academics, monastics and lay Buddhist and provide a platform for co-operation on different projects and aspects related to Buddhism.
In Asian countries we can speak of 2600 years of Buddhist history. In Australia Buddhism is like a seed, it is still young and growing rapidly, becoming more popular amongst Australians. A seed needs water and nutrients to grow. We can say that the Buddhist seed in Australia is in a very fertile earth. But much work and effort is needed for the seed grow into a mature tree.
Australia symbolizes the movement of 21th century globalization. Almost all nationalities and Buddhist traditions are represented in Australia, which creates a unique opportunity and time for Buddhism and Buddhist to develop new ideas and Dharma activates.
“Buddhism & Australia” conferences are organized with the best intentions to further develop Buddhism in Australia and to engage with Buddhist from overseas.
The author and main organizer of international conference "Buddhism & Australia" is Vello Vaartnou, the Head of Estonian Nyingma and IC Buddhism & Australia, who has been annually organizing international Buddhist conferences in Europe since 2007. The first conference “Buddhism & Nordland” was organized in Estonia, which was focused on the history of Buddhism in Northern Europe. The conference was a huge success, uniting scholars and Buddhists from the Nordic countries and attracting visitors from as far as Mongolia, India and China.
When Vello Vaartnou moved to Australia in 2010, he decided to continue the tradition of organizing annual meetings for academics and monastics to discuss and work on different Buddhist aspects and topics. The first Buddhism & Australia conference was held in February 2012.